Cretin-Derham Hall's Jack Nei (10) goes for a wraparound attempt against Stillwater Tuesday night. Nei had a goal for the Raiders in their 2-0 victory over the Ponies at the St. Croix Valley Rec Center. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Cretin-Derham Hall leveraged its talent on the road to claim a 2-0 defeat of Suburban East Conference rival Stillwater on Tuesday.
And while the hockey was pretty good in the Raiders’ win at the St. Croix Valley Rec Center in Stillwater, the team hopes to be playing even better come February in an effort to avoid a repeat of how last season ended.
The Raiders won 16 games a year ago and had a runner-up finish to White Bear Lake in the Suburban East standings, only to see their season end with a 5-1 loss to Blake in the first round of the Class 2A, Section 6 tournament.
But with a talented group of returners, the Raiders, ranked No. 9 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, are confident this season will last a bit longer.
Cretin-Derham Hall's Matthew Gleason (15) looks for an open teammate on a power play opportunity against Stillwater Tuesday night. Gleason had two assists in the Raiders' 2-0 victory over the Ponies in Stillwater. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Cretin-Derham Hall proved to be too much for rival Stillwater on Tuesday, as the Raiders dealt the Ponies a 2-0 defeat at the St. Croix Valley Rec Center in Stillwater.
Raiders goals by Jack Nei and Jake Sondreal proved to be enough in the matchup between two of the top Suburban East Conference teams in the standings.
After a scoreless first period, Nei's goal in the second period put Cretin-Derham Hall, ranked No. 9 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, ahead 1-0. In the third period, Sondreal caught a long pass from teammate Matthew Gleason before beating goalie Logan Bies to give the Raiders (10-3-0, 7-0-0) a two-goal lead.
Bies made 18 saves for Stillwater (8-2-0, 6-1-0), while Cretin-Derham Hall goalie Marko Belak stopped 16 shots.
Stillwater's Ryan Roeske (9) brings the puck into the offensive zone against Cretin-Derham Hall Tuesday night. The Ponies fell to the Raiders 2-0. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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